Monday, May 14, 2012

Key on marriage equality

So, John Key's position on same-sex marriage has evolved from "I'm not personally opposed to it" to "I'll support it at first-reading". I guess when even the reliably reaction Stuff online poll is showing 80% in favour, he realises he has to shift.

But note how careful and caveated that "support" is. He doesn't say outright "I support same-sex marriage". And as we learned from Don Brash, another National party faux-liberal, support at first reading isn't the same as support to change the law. Key is very deliberately leaving himself space to pull the same trick. And in a party stacked with Christians, including a Cabinet which voted overwhelmingly to ban same-sex marriage in 2005, I don't think he can be trusted not to.